Essay on The Legal Drinking Age Of 21

1943 Words May 29th, 2015 8 Pages
Should teenagers be allowed to drink alcohol just because they turn eighteen and are now legally adults? In 2009 there were over 10.8 million underage drinkers in the United States alone (Snyder). Addiction to alcohol affects millions of people in the United States. Many people say once they turn 18 they should be able to do whatever they want because they are adults who can make responsible decisions for themselves. For instance, 18 years old’s are legally able to fight for their country in wartime, cast their ballot in United States elections, register cars under their own name, enter the lottery, engage in sexual activity, get a tattoo, work full time, etc. So the question is why are 18 year old’s by law not allowed to drink? The drinking age has recently become a heated rising issue. Over thirty years ago, the citizens under the age of 21 were permitted to drink. However, that all changed with one law. The legal drinking age of 21 was established because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This act demanded states to set a minimum drinking age of 21 or their federal highway funding would be but by ten percent. Once this law was passed, states immediately began enforcing the law (Wilkes-Barre). However, recently the minimum age of 21 has been frowned upon, resulting in the consideration of making the minimum age 18. The legal drinking age should not be lowered to 18 because it would put thousands of lives in danger, cause damage to the underage drinker 's…

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